Cavendish cops trial resume

23 July 2013 - 22:06 By Sapa
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Six policemen accused of assault, sexual assault, robbery, and possession of drugs and ammunition will go on trial at the Durban Regional Court, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Tuesday.

Spokesman Moses Dlamini said the six would appear in court on Wednesday.

"It is alleged that the suspects sexually assaulted one victim by forcing a broken broomstick up the victim's anus. The victim was also assaulted severely and sustained multiple injuries."

He said it was alleged the policemen, acting in concert with civilians, robbed people in their homes and planted drugs to force them to pay them to avoid being arrested.

"Some of the victims were robbed of substantial sums of money. One of the suspects was found with dagga, other drugs and ammunition and a pellet gun. He will face additional charges of illegal possession of drugs and illegal possession of ammunition."

Warrant Officer Kirubabhum Naidoo, 33, and Constables Bukani Mlandeli Dlamini, 29, Good-enough Dlamuka, 34, Mandlakayise Mkhwanazi, 32, Kenneth Gwala, 33, Sydwell Ayanda Gwexa, 32 -- from the protection security services stationed at Cavendish -- were arrested in July 2012.